Govt suspends European asylum agreement – ministry qualifies statement
Budapest, June 24 (MTI) – The interior ministry on Wednesday qualified its announcement that the immigration office has suspended for an indefinite period the European agreement on asylum, saying that the move referred to cases already being processed.
In a statement, the ministry said that Hungary has asked signatories to the Dublin Regulation, in the spirit of EU solidarity, not to dispatch transfers already scheduled and to stop planning further ones.
In the meantime, the Hungarian authorities are working to expand the capacities, an effort that requires time, it said.
The ministry said on Tuesday that Hungary is the country most burdened by illegal immigration out of the member states concerned and has exhausted its capacities.
Up until June 22 this year, Hungarian police detained 60,620 illegal immigrants, including 60,089 along the Serbian section of the border, the statement said.
The Dublin rule is a European agreement that helps governments avoid asylum-seekers making parallel claims. Accordingly, a migrant’s claim must be processed in the EU country they first arrive in.